September 2018 Trail Dispatch

Ice Age Trail Alliance
Chippewa Moraine Chapter

Ice Age Trail Dispatch

September 2018

Join the Sunday Hike during Labor Day Weekend

A three-day weekend! Time to relax and get out to the woods. Why not incorporate a Sunday afternoon hike into the plans? Join the Sunday hikers as they meet at the Obey Center at the Chippewa Moraine near New Auburn and check out the late summer scene along the trail. The bugs are great (which means they are pretty scarce) so don’t hold back.

Meet at the Obey Center at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. Bring a snack and water.  The group will choose a route for the afternoon jaunt. If you plan to come, please let us know.

Trail Improvement Day To Tackle Logging Reroutes on Sept. 15

The Harwood Lake segment east of Deer Fly Trail has had a rough ride this summer with a major logging project occurring on the trail. We’ll gather to smooth off some of the rough edges left behind from this forestry project. There will be some tread repair and slash relocation, as well as new tread construction. 

We’ll all meet at the Ice Age Trail crossing on Deer Fly Trail at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept 15, and finish at noon with refreshments. If you plan to come and hike, please help us plan by registering. The meeting location is at 25475 Deer Fly Trail, New Auburn, WI 54757. Here’s a map.

Chapter Meeting & Pizza Party on Monday, Sept. 17

We’re kicking off our September chapter meeting with a Pizza Party! It’s a “thank you” to our hard-working volunteers who make the trail shine and our events sparkle. We’ll gather at the Fill-Inn in Chippewa Falls at 6 p.m. to enjoy some pizza together, and save some time for chapter business. 

Note the location and time:

Fill-Inn Station, 104 W Columbia St, Chippewa Falls WI 54729. Directions.

Meet at 6 p.m. Are you coming?

Annual Parade of Colors Coming on Saturday, Oct. 6

The annual Parade of Colors Fall Hike on the Ice Age Trail returns on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Obey Interpretive Center at the Chippewa Moraine near New Auburn. The Ice Age Trail is never more stunning than at this time of year, and you shouldn’t miss this chance to enjoy it. Reds and yellows of fall leaves mix with bright blue skies reflected on sparkling kettle lakes to round off the experience. Chapter volunteers will whisk you to your preferred starting point, enabling a hike tailored to your preferred time and distance. 

Plan to begin your hike between 9 and 11 a.m. Afterwards there are refreshments or bring your own picnic lunch. Bring your own water bottle for your hike, and you’ll be good to go. There’s no charge for the event, but contributions are appreciated.

Why not rustle up a few friends to introduce to the trail and bring them along?

We’re always looking for volunteers to make treats, shuttle, or register. If you can volunteer, please go here to sign up

Coming Up in October

Don’t miss the colors along the trail in October.

 - Parade of Colors - Saturday Oct. 6, 9-11 a.m., meet at the Obey Center (see article above)

 - Trail Improvement Day - Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m., meeting location to be announced

Mark your calendars and plan to join one or all of these chapter activities!

See you on the trail,
Richard Smith
Chippewa Moraine Chapter Chair

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